News: Slum Village Pays Homage To Baatin's Memory, "Gone Too Soon" Tribute [Video]

Monday, Aug 3, 2009 12:41PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slum Village's T3 and Elzhi paid homage to the group's co-founder Titus "Baatin" Glover at a concert after reports of his death landed online over the weekend.

While performing in Vancouver, the remaining duo took a moment to shout out their deceased friend.

Baatin of the Detroit rap collective Slum Village, was honored by his fellow musicians while they performed at a concert in Vancouver hours after learning of their group mate's death. Somehow, T3 and Elzhi carried on with the show, both men expressing their deep regret and pain, and turning in a brief and energetic set that seemed miraculous for having happened at all. (Michigan Live)

In addition to stage homage, a community tribute in the rapper's hometown took place the following day.

As the sun set Sunday, members of the tight-knit Detroit hip-hop community gathered to pay tribute to one of Motor City rap's brightest stars. Held at 5 Elements Gallery in Detroit, "Gone Too Soon: A Benefit for the Family of Titus 'Baatin' Glover" had drawn about 70 people by 9:30 p.m. and was expected to feature performances and DJ sets by Jessica Care Moore, DJ K-Fresh and DJ Sicari, who owns the gallery.Ty Townsend, road manager for Slum Village the last 7 years, said he organized the benefit to help Glover's family. Townsend added that a second memorial is planned for the African World Festival on Aug. 14, which is to feature Detroit musician Amp Fiddler. (Free Press)

The rapper's death sparked a range of reactions from artists including Diddy and Busta Rhymes.

"There is somethin' really strange goin' on in the universe," Busta wrote. "All a these great people that we're loosin' this sh*t is crazy. R I P BAATIN!!! SLUM VILLAGE 4EVER J DILLA AND BAATIN!!!" (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)

His unexpected passing was confirmed by the rap group's road manager on Saturday (August 1).

Baatin, a rapper who co-founded the progressive hip-hop group Slum Village, was found dead Saturday morning in Detroit. He was 35. Ty Townson, road manager and a family friend, confirmed Baatin's death to the Detroit Free Press. Details were not released. (Los Angeles Times)

Footage of Slum Village's brief concert statement has been released:

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